Lunch talk Empirical Legal Studies Initiative (ELSI)

On Wednesday, 9 December, Dr. Roberto Galbiati (Sciences Po, Paris) will give a talk on empirical legal research:

Incarceration policy and reoffending: insights from empirical economics

Time: 13:00 – 15:00.
Place: Room A009, Law Faculty, University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort 4.

This seminar connects law and economics by providing an accessible application of empirical techniques from economics to key concepts in legal policy. Specifically, we will study individuals' responses to expected criminal sentences, and discuss natural experiments in sentencing policies to evaluate how incarceration itself affects reoffending.

Lunch will be provided. No registration needed.

This lunch talk is part of the Empirical Legal Studies Initiative (ELSI). ELSI was developed by the ACLE Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics and the IViR Institute for Information Law, in collaboration with the CREED Center for Research in Experimental Economics and Political Decision-making. The goal is to provide a platform for engaging in discussions about the opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls regarding the combination of normative and empirical research, and to exchange experiences and best practices. ELSI will organise seminars, workshops, and conferences and invites everybody at the law faculty to join our activities. 

Daniel Chen (Harvard, Toulouse School of Economics) will give a talk on 3 February 2015.

The call for papers for the first conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE) at the University of Amsterdam on 21-22 June 2016 is now open. The keynote speakers are Jennifer H. Arlen (NYU School of Law), Ian Ayres (Yale Law School), Bernard Black (Northwestern University School of Law) and Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam). Paper submission deadline: 15 February 2016 (6:00 CET). For more information please see: